We recently talked with Brian Grider of Memory Machine Films about the qualifications you should look for when hiring a wedding videographer. He offered us some picture-perfect advice on how you should approach finding the perfect videographer for your big day.
How to Choose the Best Videographer
When looking for the best videographer for your wedding, there are a number of things to consider. Before looking at anything else, evaluating pricing is going to be a great way to narrow down your options. Typically, videographers who are more in demand, either because of the quality of their work, great advertising, or just being around longer, will charge more than videographers who have lower quality work or are just starting out. Once you’ve settled on a price range that you’re comfortable with, creative style is going to be the next most important thing. Everyone has their own editing, shooting, and coloring style, and making sure these match your wedding’s vibe is important. Most videographers can’t (or won’t) change their style drastically for your wedding so finding someone who is the right fit is really important. One of the last things to consider is making sure your personalities match. You’re going to have your media team by your side for almost the entire wedding so feeling comfortable with them is really important. Make sure to schedule a call with them before booking and take at least 15-30 minutes to make sure their personality is a good fit with yours.
What Kind of Background Should a Good Videographer Have?
The more experience the better. With videographers and photographers, experience is going to be the biggest factor behind them making good decisions. This can include knowing what to expect at various local venues, managing time well, or having more confidence to follow their intuition when there isn’t a clear right or wrong with a creative decision.
What is the Average Cost of Hiring a Wedding Videographer?
The average cost of a videographer is going to vary from location to location but in Southern California, $3,500-4,500 is mid-range, $2,000-3,000 is low-end and $5,000-15,000 is on the higher end.
Thanks to Brian for his thoughtful answers, and to learn more about him and his company, you can visit: memorymachinefilms.com.